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Agreement: Singular Subjects with Plural Forms and Plural Subjects with Singular Forms Mini-Lesson #14 FROM THE UWF WRITING LAB 101 GRAMMAR MINI-LESSONS SERIES
Important Information! Some nouns—especially those ending in -s —although plural in form, are singular in number and in meaning: news, measles, mumps, calculus, rickets, billiards, molasses, dizziness, and other –ness ending nouns. These nouns require singular verb forms. EXAMPLE: No news is good news.
A Bit More Info Certain words ending in -ics are singular when they refer to principles, a system, or a field of study. In these instances, the noun takes a plural verb. However, when these nouns refer to individual practice or application or activities, they generally take a plural verb: statistics, physics, mathematics, electronics, economics, politics, aerodynamics, mechanics, calisthenics, etc. SINGULAR: Statistics is a required course for doctoral students. PLURAL: The statistics on child abuse are alarming.
Examples! Statistics is not my favorite subject. (In this sentence, statistics indicates a field of study.) BUT: Statistics show that divorce is a common practice in our society. (In this sentence, statistics is plural— multiple data about divorce.)
More Examples! Certain nouns with plural forms and no singular counterpart are nearly always used with plural verbs: riches, grits, eyeglasses, manners, wages, pliers, whereabouts, jeans, binoculars, tweezers, people, scissors, tidings, trousers, minutes, tights, clothes. EXAMPLE: The scissors are lying on the table. Membership dues are $100.00 a year.
Let’s Practice! Mathematics (does/do) not interest me at all; I enjoy studying foreign languages. Measles (is/are) a childhood disease. The molasses (tastes/taste) delicious on the pancakes, but the grits (is/are) crunchy. My jeans (isn’t/aren’t) dry, so I guess I will wear shorts.
Let’s Practice! Mathematics does not interest me at all; I enjoy studying foreign languages. Measles is a childhood disease. The molasses taste delicious on the pancakes, but the grits are crunchy. My jeans aren’t dry, so I guess I will wear shorts.